Lots happening at The Club: Fireside Chat with the Board of Directors next week, Annual Members Meeting, New Directors, and the Westpoint Regatta

Lots happening at The Club: Fireside Chat with the Board of Directors next week, Annual Members Meeting, New Directors, and the Westpoint Regatta

The Buzz
Newsletter of The Club at Westpoint
Friday, June 23rd, 2023

Today’s bumper buzz has lots of information for members.

  • Chapter 8 in the Club Chronicles from Member and Port Captin Neal Doten
  • Date and topics for next week’s fireside chat with President Robin Driscoll and members of the Board
  • Introducing new board members
  • And, an update on the Westpoint Regatta

June through August at The Club


Wednesday, Jun 21st – Clubhouse closed for a private event from 10 to noon.
Thursday, June 29th – Fireside chat with President Robin Driscoll and members of the Board of Directors
Friday, June 30th – Friday Fun Series Race #4

Tuesday, July 4th – Independence Day > Observed
Tuesday, July 4th – dinghy out to see the fireworks
Friday, July 7th – Friday Fun Series race to Treasure Island #5
Friday, July 7th – Pre-Regatta Party at Treasure Island YC
Saturday, July 8th – Westpoint Regatta 2023 from TI to WPH
Saturday, July 8th – Westpoint Regatta Party featuring Krim
Sunday, July 9th – Regatta Grab-and-Go breakfast
Thursday, July 13th – Board Meeting
Friday, July 14th – Bastille Night French Themed Dinner and live music
Sunday, July 16th – RC Laser Racing
Friday July 16th – Friday Fun Series Race #6

Frigate birds in and of themselves are not a threat to one’s well-being ─ day or night. The same cannot be said for their threat to one’s masthead instruments (i.e., wind indicator).  

Frigate birds rest by perching on something above the water; a sailboat mast top is one such option. Since they are large birds (7+ foot wingspan), they can destroy a wind indicator in the process of landing on the mast top. I like my wind indicator and rely on it. Thus, frigate birds are to be repelled by any means available.
For some reason, they seem to prefer nighttime; I can’t remember this problem occurring during the day. This is a blessing in disguise since darkness limits their depth perception for making a “safe landing.”

A flicker in my peripheral vision at night triggers my “frigate bird attack” response. Gazing at the mast top, I confirm the presence of said attacker that is “yanking and banking” to make a landing.

Fortunately, the degree of yaw at the mast top is a complicating factor and requires numerous “missed approaches.”

My “secret weapon” for repelling frigate bird attacks is a very bright LED flashlight with a strobe feature.  Aiming the flashlight at the mast top and selecting “strobe flashing” creates the needed deterrent ─ visual disorientation. If you can imagine the effect of a strobe light in a disco, you get the idea.

Needless to say, about 15 or 20 minutes of missed approaches is enough to get the frigate bird to change its mind and go on its way. The score is one for me (preservation of my wind indicator) and zero for the frigate bird.

Neal Doten
S/V No Moss

Fireside Chat with
The Club President and Board of Directors

Thursday, June 29th at 6:00 pm in person or on Zoom

The latest fireside chat with The Club President and members of the Board of Directors will touch on several topics:

  • Building Update
  • Update on PYSF
  • Member Amenities Update
  • Membership Growth
  • Open Discussion

Members with topics to add should email them to Secretary@TheClubAtWestpoint.com.

There will be food available and the bar will be open.

The meeting will be in a hybrid (in-person, online, and recorded) format:

Chronicle #9 – Beware of the Frigate Bird
Another wise tale from Member and Port Captain Neal Doten

New Directors
Update on the directors of the club.

Director, Paul Kettle

Director, Richard Webber

As a founding member of The Club at Westpoint, I am delighted to take on a Director role and contribute toward The Club becoming the South Bay’s premier yacht and social club. I am committed to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community while providing exceptional experiences and services to our members. With a lifelong passion for sailing, having logged over 60,000 nautical miles, including two transatlantic crossings, I hope my experiences and insight will help guide The Club on a successful course. 

Richard leads support for Stanford University’s formal and informal learning spaces, including university classrooms and student areas such as The Hub. He also has responsibility for central learning technologies including Canvas and related services. In 2020, Richard and his team joined Student Affairs, strengthening existing relationships and reinforcing the team’s focus on student success. 

Member Richard Weber who is also a long time resident in the harbor, was recently Commodore of Sequoia Yacht Club and has many years of leadership roles in the yacht club community

Please take a moment to congratulate Paul and Richard. They can be reached on The Club app, Slipstream.

Member Paulien Ruijssenaars has moved to Michigan and has withdrawn as a director. Paulien was instrumental in many projects supporting our press and marketing activities as well as leading the building committee in the early phases of the new clubhouse project. Her tremendous service to The Club is deeply appreciated.

The nominating committee led by Member Robert Tifft recommended the appointment of two new directors to the board, bringing the board to its full complement of nine directors. Two new members were recently appointed to the board. Their appointment will be put up for ratification at the Annual Members Meeting in September (details below).

SATURDAY, JULY 8th, 2023

The Club at Westpoint, Sequoia Yacht Club, and Treasure Island Yacht Club are once again hosting the Westpoint Regatta on Saturday, July 8th. Everyone at Westpoint Harbor is invited to join the race crews for a Post-Race Party and concert on the docks. 

Friday 7th: 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Treasure Island Yacht Club – pre-race party and skippers’ meeting – appetizers and no-host bar
Saturday 8th: Race begins around 11:30 off Treasure Island

Saturday 8th: Post race party 5:00 to late:
Food Service begins at 5:00.
Bars open at 5:00.
Concert begins at 7:00 (free)
To join the race register on Jibeset here.
Spectators, guests, and party goers, please register for Meal and Beverage Tickets here
 To volunteer register here.
For more details contact:

Westpoint Regatta 2023 will be another spectacular race and party right here at Westpoint Harbor.
Sailors! Get your entry in now! Here
Volunteers! Sign up now! We need people to help the Port Captains, check crews in, sell meal and beverage tickets, and help with setup and tear down. Here

Annual Members Meeting 2023
Friday, September 29th, at 6:00 pm
In the clubhouse

Notice is hereby given to all members that the Annual Members Meeting for the fiscal year 2022-2023 will be held in the clubhouse on Friday, September 29th, 2023 commencing at 6:00 pm.

Preliminary Agenda:

  • Welcome and President’s Remarks
  • Approval of the minutes of the Annual Members Meeting of October 7th, 2022
  • Ratification of Appointed Directors
  • Reports from Committee Chairs
  • Other business

Any members wishing to propose business items for the agenda should do so in writing and address them to the Secretary at Secretary@TheClubAtWestpoint.com no later than September 15th, 2023. The full agenda will be published on September 16th.

Food will be served and the bar will be open.

The meeting will be in a hybrid (in-person, online, and recorded) format:

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